Charles Wyatt [ Charles Burton Wyatt ] of the East India Company, son of the architect James Wyatt (1746-1813)
1 Foley Place [ London ]. 9 February 1812.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with neat spike hole. Addressed, with remains of red-wax seal, to 'Chars James Esqre | Upper Wimpole St'. The letter concerns 'a person' who has 'been in possession for 66£ 15s at the Suit of Henry agt my Father'. A mistake has occurred as he 'sent this Sum to your office instantly I received notice from you daterd the first Inst.' He asks him to 'direct the necessary Steps to be taken'.
George, Viscount Torrington [ George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington ] (1663-1733), Admiral of the Fleet [ Royal Navy ]
[ Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 3 March 1724.
On 15 x 17 cm. piece of paper, cut from an Exchequer ledger. In good condition, on lightly aged paper. On the otherwise-blank reverse is the following in manuscript, with Torrington's signature: '3d March 1724 | Recd. ye full Consols | Torrington.' The other side of the paper carries the usual printed text, regarding a payment to 'Rt. Honourable George Viscount Torrington, in Repayment of Loan on the Eighth 2s. Aid, Anno 1724.'
Francis Wollaston (1694-1774), scientist and Fellow of the Royal Society, father of the author and astronomer Francis Wollaston (1731-1815)
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 22 July 1765.
1p., 8vo. Removed from an Exchequer ledger. On aged paper, with particular wear to one edge. Laid out in the usual way, with printed text completed in manuscript. Good firm signature. Recording a payment of £150, on an annuity of £300 per annum, 'during the Life of [Mary, Francis & George Wollaston]' (his three surviving children, two others having died). Signed at the foot of the page, with the signature of the witness 'W Wright' beside it. In manuscipt on reverse: 'Paid 31 July 1765 | £1636 : 2 : 6'.
Sarah Churchill (1660-1744), Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the great Duke of Marlborough; Francis Godolphin (1678-1766), 2nd Earl of Godolphin; William Clayton (1671-1752), 1st Baron Sundon
[ Court of Exchequer, London. 17 May 1740. ]
On an irregular piece of paper, 18cm. high and 23cm. wide at the extremities. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Torn from a larger leaf, with one side carrying manuscript additions completing printed text ('In Repayment of Loan on the Eighteenth, 2s. Aid, Anno 1739.'). In manuscript: 'The most Noble Sarah Dutchess Dowager of Marlborough, the Right Honble Francis Earl of Godolphin, the Right Honble William Lord Sundon Executors of the late most Noble John Duke of Marlborough'. The signatures are on the reverse, with more manuscript text.
Daniel Malthus (1730-1800), father of the political economist T. R. Malthus (1766-1834), friend and executor of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and correspondent of David Hume
His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. 9 February [ no year ].
1p., 8vo. In poor condition, aged and worn, with loss to edges and holing around the signature. Begins (with manuscript text in square brackets): 'The [-9] Day of [ffebry] <...> | Received by me [Daniel Malthus] | [Execd as P Margin] | Of the Right Honourable Robert Earl of Northampton, One of the Four Tellers of His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, the Sum of | [Fifty Pounds] | [...]'. The annuity has been raised on 'Rates and Duties upon all Wines imported into Great Britain, and for raising a certain Sum of Money for the Service of the year 1745'. According to T. R.
Sir John Werden (1683-1758), 2nd Baronet, son of Sir John Werden [ Worden ] (1640-1715), judge, politician and diplomat [ R. Thornycroft;
[ The Receipt of His Majesty's Exchequer, London. ] 5 September 1739.
Customary printed Exchequer receipt, completed in manuscript, headed (manuscript text in square brackets): Record' [the 20th August 1739] | The [th5] Day of [Septr] 173 | Received by me Sr John Werden Assignee of Sir. John Werden]'. Calculations in right-hand margin and clerical sign and docketing on reverse. Recording the receipt of £9 13s 4d, from Thomas Townshend. The printed text states that the money was raised 'upon an Act of Parliament, (Entituled, An Act for granting to Their Majestes certain Rates and Duties of Excise upon Beer, Ale, &c.
Milward Rowe (1717-1792) of Kensington Palace, Chief Clerk of the Treasury and Commissioner of the Salt Duties; Thomas Gibbons [ The American War of Independence ]
[ His Majesty's Exchequer, London. 4 November 1779. ]
2pp., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. On single leaf, with first page with light diagonal clerical mark. Reads: 'Milward Rowe | Esqr. | Order is taken this 4th. Day of Novr 1779 By Virtue of his Majesty's General Letters of Privy Seal bearing date the 5th. Of Novr. 1760. And in pursuance of a Warrant under his Royal Sign Manual dated the 4 day of Novr. 1779. That You deliver and pay of such his Majesty's Treasure as remains in your charg Unto Milward Rowe Esqr.
Captain Sir Samuel Brown (1776-1852) of Netherbyres, Pioneer of suspension bridge design and construction, supplier of chains to Isambard Kingdom Brunel [ Royal Suspension Chain Pier, Brighton ]
'Chain Pier [Brighton]'. 27 June 1838.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He regrets that 'an unexpected call to London will prevent me from being present at the dinner to morrow on the Pier'. Nevertheless he believes he has 'arranged every thing essential for the occasion | Mr West proposes to bring down children from a small establishment who will be accommodated at the same table'. In his absence he asks him to request 'the favor of the Sub Committees company to Lunch at the Pier at 2 o clock'. A postscript describes plans for a procession by a band and children in 'double file to their destination'.
John MacDonald (1759-1831), military engineer and cartographer, son of Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald (1722-1790) [ The Eddystone Lighthouse ]
Neither place nor date stated [ c. 1824?].
On two pieces of paper, one roughly 9.5 x 17.5 cm and the other 2.5 x 13.5 cm, laid down on a piece of grey card. Note on card in a nineteenth-century hand: 'Colonel John Macdonald's writing -'. In fair condition, on aged paper, on good strong card. The notes were apparently intended to accompany a plan, the words 'An Elevation of' being scored through at the beginning of the heading, as is a five-line passage, beginning 'No 1'. Beneath this deleted passage is a nine-line expanded version of it, beginning: 'No 1 proving insufficient as to strength and light, Mr.
[ The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland; Charles Wood; the House of Commons, Westminster; John Cam Hobhouse, Lord Broughton; Chelsea Hospital, London ]
Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be Printed, 26 May 1834.
38 + pp., folio. Disbound. In fair condition, on aged paper, with the first leaf chipped and frayed at edges. Repaginated with a stamp 119-158. Kilmainham Hospital was a home for retired soldiers along the lines of Les Invalides, and much of the material in this paper consists of correspondence of Secretaries of State for War John Cam Hobhouse and Edward Ellice. The volume is a response to Hobhouse's proposal 'to bring into one building, and under one management, the several establishments of the in-pensioners of Chelsea and of Kilmainham hospitals.
[Sir Thomas Maryon Wilson (1774-1821), 7th Baronet, of Charlton House; Woolwich and Charlton in Kent; Leicestershire]
[Woolwich and Charlton.] Covering the period between 1797 and 1804.
36pp., 12mo. In worn calf-bound account book. In good internal condition, on aged paper; detached from the worn leather binding, and with the front free endpaper (bearing the title) loose. Label pasted to front cover reads: 'Accounts | G. B. R. | Charlton | Woolwich | Leicestershire | 1797 to 1804'. The volume is the work of Wilson (who acquired the estates in 1798 on the death of his father) or of his land agent. Paginated by the writer to 64, and with the accounts for 'Land Tax paid and allowed' on pp.1-7, for 'Cash paid & allowed for' on pp.11-23, and 'Cash paid & allowed for.
[ Letchworth in Hertfordshire; Richard Warburton Lytton (1745-1810) of Knebworth House, grandfather of Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873), Lord Lytton; Henry Eve; Joseph Males; Richard Price ]
[ Letchworth, Hertfordshire. ] 10 August 1780.
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. 47 lines of text, with emendations. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Begins (spelling and capitalization uncorrected): 'Memm. | August 10 1780 It is this Day hearby agreed betwen Richd. Price of knebworth in hartfordshire on the behalf of Richard warburton Lytton Esqr. and Henry Eve of Barnish Roothing in Essex on his Own behalf as fallows vizt.
William Roscoe (1753-1831) of Liverpool, historian, art collector and abolitionist
'Saty. Morning' [ no date or place ].
2pp., 4to. On aged and worn paper. An interesting letter, casting light on Roscoe's collecting activities. He begins by settling the account for 'the lists of the last Prints', before remarking: 'I observe there are only 3 circles by Domenichino - the set consists of 4, all of which you have, besides the odd print by Bartolozzi, but you have probably packed them up & cannot get at the print wanting. I have sent you the 3 prints back & deducted 16/6d.
John Bridgman of Wigmore Street, London, patron of John Sell Cotman (1782-1842) [James Reeve (1833-1920), painter]
'July 1825. | 10. Wigmore St. [London]'.
A highly interesting letter, indicative of the relationship between artist and patron in late Georgian England, and revealing of Cotman's mental state at a time during which, as the Oxford DNB notes, he 'suffered from depressive illness'. 4pp., 4to. Bifolium with 53 lines of text. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-worn paper, with a few short closed tears at ends of crease lines. The letter concerns the painting 'View from Yarmouth Bridge, looking towards Breydon, just after sun-set' (now in the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery).
Charles Knight, London publisher; Friedrich August Moritz Retzsch (1779-1857), German painter, artist and draughtsman; William Shakespeare
The 'Tempest' illustrations 'Published by C. Knight, Pall Mall East, April 1825'. Retzsch's 'Macbeth' illustrations undated [1833 or 1847.
All twenty-four illustrations have been laid down on leaves removed from an album of prints. Both series are numbered to twelve, and each is complete. The plates in the Retzsch series appear to have had their margins cropped. All images clear and complete, on lightly-aged paper, with occasional light spotting and discoloration. Laid down at the head of the first illustration in the first series, and slightly (0.5 cm) encroaching onto it, is a printed label reading 'Illustrations to Shakespeare's | TEMPEST | in 12 plates'.
Rev. George Croly [ (1780-1860), Irish poet; Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London booksellers ]
Two volumes. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1830. [ Printed in London by G. Woodfall, Angel Court, Skinner Street. ]
Two 8vo volumes: xviii + 352; iv + xvi + 341 +  + . Twenty engravings on classical themes in the first volume, accompanying a set of poems titled 'Gems from the Antique'. A good tight set on lightly-aged paper, the first volume unopened. In blind-tooled red cloth binding, lightly-worn and somewhat grubby, but with gilt title on spine bright. Initial 'Advertisement' reads: 'The Poems in these volumes were written chiefly in the period between 1816 and 1823.
[ Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine; William Pulteney Alison (1790-1859), Scottish physician; George Willoughby Hemans (1814-1885), architect; MacLeod Wylie, hymnologist ]
ONE: No. 252, October 1836. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh; and T. Cadell, London. TWO: No. 264, October 1837. 'Theodore Foster's Edition' and 'New American Edition'. New York: William Lewer, Publisher, Broadway, Corner of Pine-street.
Both numbers are in the distinctive Blackwood's printed covers, with illustration of George Buchanan. Both are good tight copies, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and aged wraps. All articles are anonymous, and attributions are from the Wellesley Index. ONE: No. 252, October 1836. Unopened. Several advertisements bound in front and back. 144pp., 8vo, paginated  + 437-578. Hemans' piece, paginated 459-467, is the second in the volume, and Alison's, paginated 495-514, is fourth. The volume also contains work by George Croly, D. K. Sandford, John Wilson, John Eagles and Alfred Mallalieu.
4to bifolium (on two 19.5 x 22.5 cm leaves). The 'Ground plan' is neatly drawn on the reverse of the first leaf, and the two-page key is on both sides of the second leaf, lettered A to Z, and headed 'A. B. C. D. E. F. G. The Church & parts thereto belonging'. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Entries among the keys include 'I. Places groined over with stone one of which is supposed to have been the infirmary', 'K. Arches under which the River Skell runs' and 'S. Cloisters groined with stone the pillars whereof were painted - Over these was the Dormitory.
'The Scotsman' [reporting and commenting on the three trials of William Hone, 1817] [William Ritchie and Charles Maclaren, editors]
'No. 49. Saturday, December 27. 1817.' ['Printed for he PROPRIETORS by Abernethy & Walker, Old Bank Close, and Published at No. 347. High Street, opposite St Giles's [Edinburgh].']
Folio, 8 pp, paginated 385-392. Text clear and complete. On aged paper with fraying and chipping to extremities. With tax stamp. Printed in three columns, and with the article on Hone covering the entire front page, and more than half of the second page. The reports of the three trials, in smaller type, cover more than three pages, from the last column on the second page to the last colum on the fifth page. They are followed by half a column of 'excellent observations' taken from the Morning Chronicle.
Thomas Carte (1686-1754), historian whose collection of English manuscripts now forms part of the Bodleian Library [ The Carte Papers ]
17 January 1744 / 1745. Place not stated.
On one side of 11 x 15 cm slip of paper. On aged paper, heavily worn at head and at one edge, with some loss of text. The damage has been skilfully repaired. Reads: 'Jan. 17. 1744/5 eived then of <...>ackin Nilliam <...>ynn Bannet the following MS viz. Dares Phrygius & Tyssillons History of the Britions in Welsh, Chronica Britonum in Welsh, & the chartulary of the Abbey de Bello in Latin | which I promise to restore on demand. Witness my hand | Tho: Carte'.
'Mrs. Cargill' [ Ann Cargill, née Brown ] (1760-1784), opera singer; 'Mrs. Bishop' [ Elizabeth Sarah Bishop, née Lyon ] (1787–1831), actress, wife of Sir Henry Rowley Bishop (1786-1855), composer
[ From the Morning Post, London. ] Cuttings relating to Cargill, dating from between 1777 to 1784. Those relating to Bishop and others, London, 1809-1831.
A total of 93 newspaper cuttings, 87 of which are laid down on eleven 4to leaves of wove paper, the other six cuttings being loose, with one playbill. The cuttings - around two-thirds of which relate to Cargill, most of the rest relating to Bishop - are in fair condition, lightly-aged with a handful worn, on aged leaves worn at edges. Most of the cuttings are dated, and on the few occasions the source is given it is 'M P', i.e. the Morning Post. The first leaf carries a trimmed-down playbill for a benefit performance for 'Mrs.
Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey (1773-1850), Scottish judge and literary critic with the Edinburgh Review
Date and place not stated.
On an 8.5 x 20 cm slip of paper. On aged and creased paper. Minor traces of broken red wax seal on reverse, with the address in Jeffrey's hand, partially obscured by traces of the thick paper onto which the item was tipped-in: 'Mrs Gra<...> | 2 <...>'. He writes that he will go to her between 8 and 9 pm that evening. He has been 'very much “hurried” of late' and has 'really given up making visits', but 'always intended to make an exception' of her, and is 'glad to have the opportunity'.?>
[ Royal Navy and Post Office Packets, signals of 1812 ]
[ Royal Navy. ] Dating from May 1812, with later notes referring to cancellation in March 1818.
Four items, in fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with slight creasing. ONE: Printed form, partially completed in manuscript. On one side of 31.5 x 19.5 cm piece of laid paper with Britannia watermark. Headed: 'PRIVATE SIGNALS for His Majesty's Brigs, Cutters, Luggers, &c. employed in Cruizing on the Coasts of the United Kingdom, Commanded by Lieutenants, viz.' Above the heading, in manuscript: 'Proof | See letter 1st. October 1812.
Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland of Foxley [ Lord Holland ] (1705-1774); George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton [ Lord Lyttelton ] (1709-1773); Richard Arundell; John Lesingham
Orford, 27 May 1746.
On 16 x 6.5 cm strip of paper, cut from financial document. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed to 'Mr. Townshend' on one side, with signature of witness 'Jno. Lesingham', with the signatures of 'H Fox', 'R Arundell' and 'G Lyttelton' on the other, with date 27 May 1746, next to the word Orford, and below part of a sentence relating to 'Duty on Candles'.
Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland [ Special Constables ]
'At Campbeltown the Twenty first day of April Eighteen Hundred & Twenty three years' [ Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland. 21 April 1823. ]
2pp., folio. A 41.5 x 33 cm. piece of wove paper folded three times to make a 20.5 x 8cm. packet. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Headed: 'At Campbeltown the Twenty first day of April Eighteen Hundred & Twenty three years'. Reads: 'The Magistrates of the Burgh of Campbeltown having this day Nominated and Appointed, the persons hereto subscribing, Special Constables in the Burgh of Campbeltown, They are hereby Constituted and Ordained Constables within the said Burgh accordingly, And in terms of Law have taken, and hereby take, and subscribe the following Oath Vizt.
Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795-1854), English judge and author, friend of Charles Dickens [ Alexander Baillie Richmond ('Richmond the Spy'); Tait's Edinburgh Magazine; Simpkin and Marshall ]
[ Court of Exchequer, London. December 1834. ]
The background to this document is ably explained in an article in the Spectator, 27 December 1834, 'The Spy System: Richmond versus Marshall and Miles', which begins: 'The Court of Exchequer was occupied the whole of Saturday and Monday last with the trial of an action of libel, brought by Alexander Baillie Richmond, the individual for many years known in Scotland by the title of "Richmond the Spy," against Messrs. Simpkin and Marshall, the London publishers of Tait's Edinburgh Magazine.
Robert Scott Moncrieff (1793-1869) of Fossaway, Perth, advocate, illustrator and caricaturist, grandfather of General John Archibald Ballard (1829-1880)
'Dalkeith | Saty Morning 27 July [ 1833 ].
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight damage to second leaf from breaking of wafer. Addressed on reverse of second leaf to 'Mrs. Scott Moncrieff | 7 Fores Stt. | Edinb.' Docketted on same page: '27 July 1833 | R S M | announcing Joanna's birth'. The letter begins: 'My dearest Mother | I beg that you wd.
Robert Lowth (1710-1787), Bishop of Oxford, Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford [ Robert Dodsley (1704-1764) and James Dodsley (1724-1797), London booksellers ]
No place. 9 April [ 1762 ].
1p., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Addressed on reverse of second leaf, with remains of red wax seal, The letter clearly dates from 1762, the year of the publication of Lowth's great grammar which, according to his entry in the Oxford DNB, 'proved immensely popular in both Britain and America and was republished dozens of times during the eighteenth century alone'. 'To | Mr. Dodsley'. The letter begins: 'The Grammar, wch. was brought to me yesterday in the Evening, I suppose, is what was designed for Sr. Ch. Mordaunt. I want it for another purpose.
John Caley (1760-1834), Secretary to the Record Commission, antiquary and archivist [ Joseph Planta (1744-1827), Principal Librarian at the British Museum ]
'Folkstone. | 5 Septr. 1802.'
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper, with slight damage to corners from removal from mount. 20 lines of text. Regarding 'a Dr[af]t. on Snow & Co for twenty five pounds', he would 'willingly have put down the little trouble I had to the account of our mutual friendship in which I stand considerably your debtor but as you will have it otherwise I beg you will accept my sincere thanks for the inclosure, assuring you I consider it far beyond what I ought to have had'.